The New York Times reported yesterday that George W. Bush "seized in particular on comments Mr. Kerry made about terrorism in an interview for an article in The New York Times Magazine on Sunday. The senator said that for Americans to feel safe again, 'We have to get back to the place we were, where terrorists are not the focus of our lives, but they're a nuisance.'
"Mr. Kerry went on to draw a parallel to his experience as a prosecutor, suggesting that it was impossible to eradicate prostitution, illegal gambling or organized crime, but that they could be contained so that they did not threaten people's lives.
"At a rally in Hobbs, N.M., Mr. Bush turned Mr. Kerry's words against him. He said Mr. Kerry had once described the fight against terrorism as 'primarily a law enforcement and intelligence-gathering operation' rather than a battle requiring the full might of American power, and said there was now "new evidence that Senator Kerry fundamentally misunderstands the war on terror.' "
On August 31, New York Times had a story by Elisabeth Bumiller that reports on a George W. Bush interview with Matt Lauer on NBC's "Today" shown on television on Monday. In it she writes how Bush told Lauer, "I don't think you can win it [the war on terrorism]." See The Illustrated Daily Scribble for that day with a cartoon and background on Bush's quote.